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Christian Couple from Delhi Arrested from Kashmir Udhampur and Jailed in Bandipuora

ICC Note:

Christian duo held for ‘promoting enmity’ in Kashmir. Says son in law: “As a citizen of our country we are feeling helpless. We have gone to every possible door to ask Help.”

04/20/2012 India ( Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested a Christian couple on charges of “promoting enmity” while they were allegedly distributing pamphlets about Christianity in the border township of Bandipora in north Kashmir.

The police said the couple from Delhi, along with a local girl, was distributing pamphlets in the Bandipora market when people raised a hue and cry and called the police. Sensing trouble, the police seized the pamphlets and immediately whisked them away for sustained questioning.

The police later registered a case under section 153A Ranbir Penal Code (promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, etc) at the Bandipora police station. Under this section, the law prescribes imprisonment of up to three years, or with fine, or with both. In case of an offence relating to religion, the punishment could extend to five years.

“We have arrested the duo. The woman was seen distributing pamphlets in the market place where she had gone shopping,” said Bashir Ahmad Khan, superintendent of police, Bandipora district.

The couple and the girl have been detained and questioned in the police station. Police sources said during questioning, they said they were not doing anything unconstitutional or illegal in the town.

Letter from pastor’s Son in Law Respected Sir,

… Our parent went to Srinagar to attend a wedding at bandepur Distric at Srianagar on 16th April2012. Next day while Shoping while purchasing something they were talking shopkeeper and the thing came to religion. We are born Christians and my Father shared his faith with them unknowingly that this is very sensitive Area of in case of religion. They were abused and beaten and then detained by police at Bandepur police station at Sri Nagar.

we are unable to sleep since last two day. As a citizen of our country we are feeling helpless. We have gone to every possible door to ask Help. our parent’s life is in danger and we don’t have anybody in our own nation to help us.

We don’t know whether this letter will reach to you or not, whether it will attract your attention or not. But still we want to request you believing that you will become angles to us in process of saving of our parent’s life.

Detained at: Bandepur Police station on 17th april 2012 Police station Incharge No : 09419000917

Thanking you

You’re sincerely

Manuel Manjeet Singh (son)

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